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Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Campaigners lose incinerator appeal, refuse to give up

Green activists have lost a seven-year battle to stop an incinerator from being built in Croydon, after the High Court threw out their appeal on Tuesday. Shasha Khan of the Green Party, who is running in the coming general election to represent Croydon North in Westminster, said he was “very…

Voters critical of dull hustings in Croydon North

Voters critical of dull hustings in Croydon North

All seven parliamentary candidates for the Croydon North constituency gathered at Praise House for an election hustings on Wednesday night. But like the overall general election campaign this year, the event was characterised by a lack of spirit and anodyne responses from the candidates. Before the closing remarks, a heckler…

Benn: People don’t care for young people’s views

Benn: People don’t care for young people’s views

She is one of the youngest candidates to contest for a seat in Westminster, but 25-year-old Emily Benn is ready to prove wrong, everyone who claims she is too young. Young people’s voices aren’t heard enough, and politics should not be the exclusive domain of middle-aged folks, she argues. “A…

Museum of Croydon in bid to host Gillian Wearing

Museum of Croydon in bid to host Gillian Wearing

The Museum of Croydon is competing to host Turner Prize-winning artist and Goldsmiths alumna Gillian Wearing for this year’s Museums at Night Connect! event. If it succeeds in garnering the most number of public votes of five competing museums, it plans to turn its gallery into a nightclub with karaoke,…

Police seeking information on missing girl

Police seeking information on missing girl

Croydon police are appealing for the public’s help to locate a missing 12-year-old girl. Lilian Willie was last seen at around 3.15pm on Monday, April 27, when she left her home in South Norwood. She did not return home that day. She is about 5 ft 7 inches tall with…

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

The Italian Job: Who’s cooking your carbonara?

Croydon’s Italian eateries make up almost a quarter of the borough’s foreign restaurants – more than any other ELL borough. But just 0.11 per cent of the population are Italian-born. The area boasts nearly 50 Italian joints, however, ranging from independent delis and family run businesses such as I Calabresi…

ELL #migrantmunchies: I Calabresi’s fresh Italian twist

There are almost 50 Italian restaurants in Croydon, but surprisingly only 0.11 per cent of the borough’s population are Italian migrants. Many of these restaurants are chains or run by English people, but I Calabresi stands out because it is different – it doesn’t do the usual Italian fare of pastas and pizzas. Instead, owner […]

#ELLGetRegistered: Peter Staveley on voting UKIP

Parliamentary candidate for Croydon Central Peter Staveley talks to ELL on why you should vote for UKIP in the upcoming election.

GayEastLondon: Where is Croydon’s gay community?

GayEastLondon: Where is Croydon’s gay community?

The number of local gay bars and pubs in east London is significantly decreasing. Many beloved establishments have been lost and those that remain have had to adapt. ELL has mapped the decline of LGBTQ venues in our boroughs over the past 30 years from 1985 to 2015. Follow the…

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

Man tried to smuggle 1kg of cocaine by swallowing it

A Lithuanian man who swallowed 969 grams of cocaine has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for drug smuggling. Mindaugas Milius, 37 and from Beckton, was travelling home from a three-week holiday in Bolivia on December 23 last year, when customs officers in the “Nothing To Declare”…